Myrtus communis seed

The fresh, clear aroma of the oil of the plant is excellent at clearing the airways and is considered safe for young and old alike.A recent systematic review of herbal medicines has proven a positive effect for myrtle compounds in the treatment of rhinosinusitis (sinusitis)

In Greek mythology and ritual the myrtle was sacred to the goddesses Aphrodite and to love and fertility also Demeter-Artemidorus asserts that in interpreting dreams “a myrtle garland signifies the same as an olive garland, except that it is especially auspicious for farmers because of Demeter and for women because of Aphrodite. For the plant is sacred to both goddesses.” Roman gardens would often contain myrtle so it has a significant place in history. The sweet-scented white flowers bloom in summer and are followed by the black edible berries. It can also be grown indoors as a Bonsai (max height indoors is 3 ft) and makes a good topiary plant – according to English folklore, myrtle will grow only if a woman plants it!

Myrtus communis/Common Myrtle